Cool Girl Summer Uniform

July 22, 2016

Kansas weather is incredibly hot, possibly being inside a volcano hot. Now I've never been inside a volcano so that statement isn't exactly accurate, but I have been to a volcano in St. Lucia, La Soufriere!
I recently cleaned out my entire closet so my wardrobe is a bit on the lighter side (more about this soon), which is such an immensely satisfying feeling, but at times I feel as if I'm living in my "Cool Girl" summer uniform.

In the novel Gone Girl Gillian Flynn wrote about the idea of a "Cool Girl" but my "Cool Girl" summer uniform is not really about being brilliant and funny. It's literally about keeping cool in this 90 degree heat, mentally and physically in a comfortable yet stylish way.

My "Cool Girl" uniform rotates off a few key pieces. Basic tees from H&M in whites, grays, and blacks. High waisted shorts from J. Crew. Espadrilles from Soludos or Madden Girl Brando Sandals.

I had thought about my uniform before summer started eying these espadrilles from Urban Outfitters, and cotton t-shirts from H&M. I had contemplated getting lace up flats for summer, but thought espadrilles suited me and my style better. How could I say no to such Parisienne shoes?

Interning next to J.Crew has also become pretty dangerous for my wallet but I saved big on these side-zip denim shorts. They were originally $65 (now on sale $29.99?!?!) but they stacked my student discount 15% + 40% off on these shorts for me so I ended up shelling out about $30 instead.

To mix it up and keep my uniform fresh other than these espadrilles, I'd add fun sunglasses or switch it up with a different style purse. Maybe choose a different bright nail polish too! I'm wearing OPI Brights I Stop For Red. I love this red, it reminded me of one of my favourite bright red polishes, Nicole by OPI's Kourt is Ready for a Pedi.

Wearing: Shirt - H&M, shorts - J. Crew, shoes - Soludos from Urban Outfitters, nails - OPI I Stop for Red, lips - Nars Cruella red velvet matte lip pencil
Hope everyone is staying cool! What are your plans for July?

Photos by Alyssa Barletter


  1. Lovely look !!!
    I love your espadrilles !!!

  2. Those shoes are so adorable! I think interning by J.Crew would be a danger to most wallets. Haha. I live outside of NYC and its been so hot and humid lately. I'm more of a fall girl so I'm just trying to be as comfortable as possible.


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    1. It's so dangerous M! I know how that feels! I was just in NYC and it was so nice for the summer, surprisingly!

  3. I love your "cool girl" uniform and I'm so with you on literally trying to stay cool. I saw those flats on your Instagram and fell in love--they are so adorable! I may need to go find a pair myself!

  4. Those shoes are everything! Perfect with red lipstick.
    xo Annie
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  5. This is such a easy breezy yet very chic look, love it!

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  6. Awww those shoes! I'm obsessed and the look so comfy! I need a pair xx

  7. I love your espadrilles because they can totally jazz up any outfit. :]

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  8. Your shoes are so so cute!!! Love your summer style! =)

    - Cielo
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  9. Those slip ons are so cute!


  10. I love this adorable shoes, the wording and color is so beautiful. x

  11. Those shoes have been on my wish list for so long. Actually any pair of Soludos :) Love the concept for this post - your summer uniform. I'm totally in need of a closet cleaning. I definitely feel like it not only clears the closet, but your mind a bit by having less clutter.

    xx Yasmin

    1. Soul sisters! Thanks lady! I understand the pain of closet cleaning, so stressful but relieving!

  12. Love those super cute espadrilles, lady!

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  13. You are such a doll. Perfect summer look babe. Thanks for the inspiration!
    Much love, Len

  14. Love the espadrilles

    Hope you're having a nice day! Kisses,

  15. Your espadrilles are so cute!

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